The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur and a reunion with his former manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, however, it has been reported in The Telegraph that Wolves are maintaining their ‘not for sale’ stance after rejecting Spurs’ loan with an option to buy offer.
Is Traore good enough for a top-four club?
Traore’s value has seemingly taken a hit over the previous 12 months given his poor season in the league during which he scored and assisted just two goals, as Wolves quoted teams £70 million last summer – whereas now the asking price is closer to £45 million.
Azzopardi spoke about Traore’s future and the offer Spurs lodged.
“A few days ago, Spurs have reportedly put in a loan bid and they wouldn’t change their stance on that; apparently, that’s why these talks fell through – predominantly because Spurs wanted Adama on loan.
“The bid that they made was apparently £5 million upfront with an option to buy next summer, which is insulting to say the very, very least.
“So that one will not be happening by the sounds of it, which is good news for Wolves. A player that has been so good so far this season and hopefully now can get his head back in the game and get some goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers.”
TIF Thoughts on Traore’s future…
It appears clear that Nuno wishes to bring Traore to Tottenham having struck up a positive relationship with him during his time at Wolves and it may not be a bad signing, especially with Tottenham having to play Thursday and Sunday most weeks due to their European commitments.
Spurs have players such as Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn who can play in similar positions, however, none of them possess the pace and power that Traore has and he would be a great player to have as it would give them a different dimension, especially off the bench to run at full-backs when they may be tiring – with Espirito Santo occasionally utilising this tactic during games last season.
For Wolves though, there are only a few days left of the transfer window, so they may find it difficult to replace Traore, if that is even possible, as he was miles clear of any player in the Premier League for attempted and completed dribbles last season (according to FBRef), which just shows how crucial his pace is for them to get up the pitch and relieving pressure off their defence.